Antarctica

A world very few have ever experienced. Those who come aboard our Antarctica cruises get to explore one of the last true untouched wildernesses on the planet.

Cruises to Antarctica

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius
Up to 1600 USD discount

Antarctic Peninsula - Basecamp Ortelius

OTL21-17

The 12-day Antarctic Peninsula Basecamp Ortelius cruise offers you a myriad of ways to explore and enjoy the Antarctic Region. This expedition allows you to hike, snowshoe, kayak, go mountaineering, and even camp out under the Southern Polar skies.

Cruise date:

4 Nov - 15 Nov, 2017

Price:

7950 USD 6350 USD 1600 USD discount

Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters
Up to 2300 USD discount

Weddell Sea - In search of the Emperor Penguin incl. helicopters

OTL22A-17

A true expedition, our Weddell Sea cruise sets out to explore the range of the Emperor Penguins near Snow Hill Island. We will visit the area via helicopter and see a variety of other birds and penguins including Adélies and Gentoos.

Cruise date:

15 Nov - 25 Nov, 2017

Price:

11550 USD 9250 USD 2300 USD discount

Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands
Up to 1450 USD discount

Antarctic Peninsula with South Shetland Islands

OTL24-17

This 11-day Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands cruise delivers you into a landscape of dark rugged rock, pure white snow, and a fantastic variety of wildlife. Come say hello to whales, seals, and thousands of penguins.

Cruise date:

6 Dec - 16 Dec, 2017

Price:

7200 USD 5750 USD 1450 USD discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula
Up to 950 USD discount

Falkland Islands - South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula

PLA23-17

This Falkland Islands, South Georgia, and Antarctic Peninsula cruise is an animal-lover’s dream come true. The expedition explores one of the last untamed areas on Earth – a land of ruggedly beautiful landscapes and amazingly varied wildlife.

Cruise date:

29 Nov - 18 Dec, 2017

Price:

13100 USD 12150 USD 950 USD discount

Atlantic Odyssey

PLA33-17

Cross the migratory paths of Arctic Terns, Long-tailed Skuas, other birds, and a variety of whales as they make their annual expeditions north for the breeding season.

Cruise date:

22 Apr - 28 Apr, 2017

Price:

1050 USD

Antarctica cruise video

Antarctica story

The Antarctica State of Mind

The grandeur and wonder of Antarctica is beyond words. Staring at my screen and not knowing where to start, I took a glance at the dark grey...

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Antarctica blog

Encounter with the emperor penguin in Antarctica

Dutch journalist Gemma Venhuizen embarked on the MV Ortelius during the Weddell Sea cruise 'In search of the emperor penguins'. She had several...

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Antarctica experiences

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Antarctica wildlife

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Map of Antarctica

Antarctica cruise reviews

Overall rating based on 44 votes

frank van vliet
trip antarctica
by frank van vliet on Antarctica

Excellent trip. Great that there are so many excursions. Friendly crew. Professional guides. Solid good food. No complaints.

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Jörg M. Seifert
PLA 29-17
by Jörg M. Seifert on Antarctica

We were standing in the midst of thousands of penguins, seeing seals, sea-leppards and sea-elephants. Whales, close to touch and birds who were not afraid of humans. In the storm, we were seasick before we could...

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Andrew Gellert

Outstanding 19 days. Fabulous expedition leader David Berg and Assistant Katja Riedel. All the expedition guides gave of their all with hugely informative lectures, great zodiac cruises and careful attention...

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cossart marc
Trip of a life
by cossart marc on Antarctica

Difficult in a short space to explain a trip like that, specially if English is not your first language.. For me, that was what I have expected, the weather was correct, that permits helicopter tours, but too...

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Anne Maritta Koskela
Trip to Antarctic Peninsula
by Anne Maritta Koskela on Antarctica

Excellent trip to Antarctic!

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Dick Rosen
Grand trip
by Dick Rosen on Antarctica

The Antarctica Peninsula was a spectacular destination, with beautiful landscape of glaciers, icebergs, mountains, channels and intriguing wildlife. We were fortunate to have witnessed three prolonged sittings...

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Antarctica FAQ

Where is Antarctica?

Antarctica is the fifth largest of the seven continents. Antarctica has two large indentations which are the Ross Sea and the Weddell Sea. The nearest continent is South America. The total surface of Antarctica is 14.2 Million square kilometres (about...

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What is the time zone in Antarctica?

The time zone in Antarctica is the same as the time zone in New Zealand:  GMT + 12 hours. On regular Antarctic trips we operate in the same time zone as Ushuaia, Argentina: GMT – 3 hours. 

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Is it dangerous to visit Antarctica?

No, the remote location, frozen landscape, and unpredictable weather can make tourism operations in Antarctica tricky, but Oceanwide Expeditions has the right experience, knowledge, and expertise to stay safe in the Antarctic. 

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What is the climate at Antarctica?

Antarctica is the coldest and also the windiest continent in the world. The lowest temperature on Earth was recorded in Antarctica. There are three climatic regions in Antarctica: The interior of the continent: This is the extremely cold area of...

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What is the Antarctic landscape like?

Antarctica consists of two main areas. East Antarctica (Greater Antarctica) and West Antarctica (Antarctic Peninsula). More than 98% of Antarctica is covered with ice. The land is covered with ice and snow. Antarctica’s two parts are separated by...

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What kinds of plants and animals are there in Antarctica?

The vegetation at Antarctica is limited to around 350 species of mostly lichens, mosses, and algae. Various sea birds, seals, and penguins are often seen in Antarctica such as the Emperor Penguin, Adelie Penguin, Orcas, Humpback whales, Weddell Seals and...

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About Antarctica

Antarctic Weather

Antarctica is a collection of extremes – on average it is the windiest, driest, coldest, and highest elevated of all the continents. Only about 200 mm of precipitation falls along the coastline each year, with the inland areas being even drier. Despite the harsh nature of the continent, Antarctic cruise voyagers are treated to some spectacular scenery. It’s a land of dark rugged rocky peaks contrasting with the white snow and the passing of bright icebergs across dark waters.


Our Antarctic cruises take you to the coldest location on Earth, but along the coasts (where you’ll be while on one of our Antarctic cruises) temperatures can reach as high as 10°C during a very hot summer day. Expect temperatures just above freezing on a regular day. Don’t know what clothing to bring? Don’t worry, we’ll give you all the information you need to keep comfortable as you travel to the Antarctic. 

Facts About Antarctica

  • Antarctica is bigger than Europe.

  • Since Antarctica experiences so little precipitation it is technically considered a desert.

  • The name “Antarctica” comes from a Greek phrase that means “opposite to north”.

  • Almost 62% of the fresh water ice found across the entire Earth is found in Antarctica. If all that ice melted the world’s oceans would rise about 60 metres.

  • The coldest temperature ever recorded was at Vostok in the Antarctic on July 21, 1983. The thermometer dipped all the way down to -89.2°C. That is cold enough to shatter steel.

  • Despite the cold the biggest ever mass of living creatures was spotted in the Antarctic – a 10,000,000 tonne school of krill.

  • The first recorded and confirmed sighting of Antarctica was in 1820. It would take almost 100 years, until 1911, before a human being actually set foot on the continent.

Travel to Antarctica

An Antarctic cruise is an opportunity to visit an area of the Earth that has remained largely unchanged since the time when Aristotle first gave the world the idea of a Terra Australis.



Explorers get the chance to investigate one of the world’s densest concentrations of undisturbed animal life, visiting with the expert survivalists who make the continent their home – seals, whales, and all those penguins.

Our Antarctica cruises offer you an experience unlike any you’ve ever had before. Take a Zodiac ride amongst the blue and white icebergs that tower above the water, kayak alongside curious whales, pay respects to a curious penguin, dive into a new world under water, camp under the Polar sky, or climb to a rugged vista for an amazing view. You can investigate the wide variety of cruises to Antarctica on the dedicated Antarctica cruise page.